Health Care

Robot Rose is a service robot that will improve the quality of care despite the aging population

Aging population

As people worldwide are living longer, many countries face the challenge of providing care to an aging and growing population. In the coming years, the number of workers for each pensioner will steadily decrease, straining healthcare systems. For example, in the next 20 years, the population aged 65 years and older in the Netherlands will nearly double. Conversely, the number of workers per retired person will drop down from three to less than two.

In the years to come, many countries will be unable to meet the rising demand for care. The unavoidable result is a lower quality of care. In an effort to resolve this issue, HIT is developing care robot Rose.

Care Robot Rose

Robot Rose aims to improve the quality of care by:

  • reducing care workers workload
  • improving clients independence
  • enabling communications between clients and (family) care professionals.

Rose will function autonomously most of the time. However, when Rose does not know what to do (or how to do it), a trained operator will be able to remotely control the robot. This combined autonomy and remote control will enable robust robot functioning in complex care environments.

Future

Robot Rose provides opportunities for effective and efficient care. At HIT we believe Rose is the way to make people more independent and support healthcare.